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Embroidered Patches 

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Embroidered Patches 

Written By: Becky Stern 



Ballpoint pen (1) 

Fabric M) 

Embroidery hoop (1) 

Embroidery needle (1) 

Sewing machine (1) 

and floss 

Paper (1) 

Conte cravon (1) 


Reproducing digital artwork in embroidery isn't hard if you follow these simple steps. I'll 
show you how using the fffffatlab text. 

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Step 1 — Trace your artwork. 

• If you're using a light-colored fabric, you may be able to trace directly on the fabric. In this 
case, I'm using a very opaque canvas fabric, so I had to first trace the design on paper, 
directly from my computer screen. 

• Don't use a drawing implement that requires too much pressure or that will bleed 
through onto your monitor. A regular ballpoint pen works just fine. 


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Step 2 — Chalk it up. 

• If you traced your design directly onto your fabric, skip this step. 

• Turn your paper template over and apply chalk or conti crayon to the back (in a color that 
will be visible on your fabric). 

• Shake off the dust and place the paper template on your fabric. 

• Trace over the design with a dull pencil or ballpoint pen, transferring the lines of the design 
onto your fabric. 

• Be careful not to touch it too much after this, as the chalk will rub off with your 


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Step 3 — Start embroidering. 


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• Stretch your fabric in your embroidery hoop. 

• Select your floss color and get started. 

• Use whatever stitches you feel are appropriate, and don't be afraid to experiment. I used 
the satin stitch for these. 

• It may be helpful to keep your reference image up on your monitor so you can keep 
track of small details that might have been lost in the tracing transfer. 

• When finished, take your fabric out of the hoop and shake off any remaining chalk. 

• Iron out the creases from the hoop. 

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Step 4 — Create a backing (optional). 

• This step is optional, but gives a nice finished look to your patch. 

• Cut a rectangle of your backing fabric with about a 3/8" border seam allowance all around 
your patch. 

• Press in a 1/4" fold on all sides. Trim the corners at a 45° angle passing through the 
intersection of the two ironed creases. 

• Iron in another 1/4" fold, turning under the first fold you made. 

• Press in the corners so that the edge of the crease intersects the new corner intersecting 
folds, then press in the sides again. 

• You should end up with nice mitered corners. 

Place the patch inside this frame and topstitch around all edges for a nice complete patch. 

st generated on 2012-11-01 06:25:38 PM. 

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